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Old 10 Oct 2012, 01:36 pm
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I thought it would b a good idea creating a thread with solely discussions about lowered PT 's. Just because there are so many questions about it.

I 'll start off with my experience.

I 've got FK coilovers on my PT, see the building threat in my sig, and dropped it 2,6" at the front and 1,6" at the back. It certainly lookes great, but how does it drive ?

1. It's bumpy ! And I mean there are moments I can almost feel the tyres loose grip, this bumpy. On those concreet road-surfaces with ribs every 5 meter you feel like doing a ride on an old train. Kadeng, kadeng, kadeng...

2. It's hard, like a go-kart. But does it improve road behaviour ? No, cause I own a go-kart and when you're going fast around a corner the outer tyres lift from the ground. So in the kart you put you're weight to the outside to make it sit on the ground again. The PT will not lift it's wheels from the ground, it will not slide, it will keep a nice line in the curve. But when there are potholes you better avoid them.

3. All comfort has gone through the drain. And I mean it. It's a good thing the seats are as soft as they are. So I acually took the 'cruiser' part out of the concept and only kept the Personal Transportation part. My wife hates the PT since it's on the coilovers.

So why did I do it ? Because it looks fantastic
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 02:01 pm
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Do you think a different brand of coil-overs would make a difference in the ride quality?

My car is lowered with H&R springs and Tokico shocks/struts and the ride is firm. It's about 1.75" lower than stock. Sometimes it hits bumps hard on the highway but I can live with it. It's also not as low as yours is. I have driven it on several long distance trips with no complaints.
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 02:05 pm
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Do you think a different brand of coil-overs would make a difference in the ride quality?

All Coil-overs conversions inherently are as described in the first post.
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 09:26 pm
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Wel, there are expensive coilovers with some adjustment possibilities for stiffness, so I don't have the best, but I also did drop it a lot. It went from Jeep-mode to Ass-up-dropped-mode. If I would 've set them higher it would at least be less hart, thus less bumpy.
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 10:40 pm
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Wheels and tires also play a role in ride comfort and handling. I went from stock 15" steelies to 18x8" on 225/40ZR18 while on stock height. Big difference right off the bat. The added weight made the PT more planted also followed dips in the road, acceleration and braking took longer, and of course the shorter sidewall took away some cushion. But they do help with cornering as they are less flexing.

I then lowered the rear on Eibach's. Found out the leveling look didn't work on 2nd Gens. I did see a bit of increased handling as the it didn't sway as much in corners.

Then I installed the front Eibach's and that made a big difference too. Cornering was fun, ride wasn't too terrible, speed bumps weren't a big deal.

Then I installed the almighty Candy Drops with Tokico's. Dramatic difference! First of all, the cornering was unbelievable! I was on rails while hitting curves up and down a mountain. Not a lot of travel at all so I began feeling what the bumpstops were intended to do. Major trimming there. I approached speedbumps like I was rock climbing in a truck. I never ran over toads during our rainy days, my lower valance clotheslined them. I remember the ride being a little bouncy going through little dips and you can almost feel every pebble in the road.

Also, being lowered sorta gets irritating while driving at night as people's headlights are kinda beaming at eye level.
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 10:51 pm
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I am going from Eibachs to SuperSlammers.

I was fortunate enough to catch Dimitri's post over the weekend about him selling off his parts.

The next day I ordered some Tokicos because that is what I was told to do, lol, not really, but everyone has em so they have to be the best.

I measured where I am now, and it looks like I will be going down about another inch lower from where I am now.

I am only praying praying praying, that I dont damage my new oem side skirts.




I also hope I am not this guy lol




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Old 10 Oct 2012, 11:06 pm
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What is the actual real-life drop of the Eibach springs ?
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 11:15 pm
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The Eibachs

i would say in my experience the 2 in the rear is correct, not quite the 1.6 in the front, but pretty close for arguments sake
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 11:37 pm
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Strange thing is, in Europe they claim to do a 1,2 Inch drop only.
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Old 10 Oct 2012, 11:49 pm
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I am probably getting all worked up over nothing, Its going to be just a tad over and inch lower.

I am such a worry wart when it comes to my PT
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